Struggling to Adult?*

I love the title of this blog post as this is something that I would actually say to friends of mine haha!

As you guys know that I'm about to venture into my 3rd and final year of Uni this September, this means that by this time next year I'm officially classed as an "Adult". Usually once you graduate, you're expected to jump straight into work and begin your 9-5 routine for the rest of your life. I still don't know if I'm exactly ready for this next step, so what I plan to do now is to start a new routine in my 3rd year just before I get thrown into the real world - scary stuff. So now it's time for me to share with you my 'Adult Struggles' that I've encountered since being in Uni and how I've overcome them.

1. BREATHE.
As simple as this is, once you actually begin to try and live an adult life you tend to get a little bit overwhelmed. This is when breathing comes into place haha. Take. It. Slow. Don't try and accomplish big things straight away. Start small and the rest will follow. I know as teens we don't like taking things slowly because in our nature doing things quickly is the best way. Well as an adult, it's really not. Slow and steady makes things ten times easier than trying to get an hour job done in 10 minutes. Trust me, you'll thank me in the long run.

2. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF.
This is a key thing that we tend to forget. Fortunate for me, I don't get ill/sick very often. It's probably like once a year that I will be bed-ridden all day, but others (unlike myself) can get ill so easily. Make sure you know where your local walk-in clinic is (that's if you have one nearby). If not register at the doctors! It helps when you feel like you're "dying". This also relates to what you put in your body. Just because you live away from home doesn't mean you should eat-out everyday. You can still eat junk foods, just limit yourself to how much you consume each week. Eating clean and also working out will definitely benefit your body in the future.

3. FIND A JOB (if possible).
Finding a job whilst studying is actually much easier than you think. In Uni, there are so many jobs that are on offer within the campus grounds. The only issue is committing to this and of course your studies. Education does come first, but if you're able to get a job whilst studying I highly recommend it as student loans will not cover everything you need. It's so useful to have extra money coming in so you don't find yourself stuck for money when needing some. Plus, it's fun to actually splurge your cash on clothes without feeling bad about damaging your bank account ;)

4. MONEY MANAGEMENT MATTERS.
You NEED to learn how to manage your money when living alone. I've always learnt how to manage my money from a young age as it is very easy to slip up when you get to further education due to being parentless. Whilst having a job in a college, because I had no financial responsibilities I was able to save a lot of money. You can read how I did this in my Money Struggles blogpost! Now that I'm at Uni, I keep a sheet of all my finances which helps me add up how much money I spend each week. This then helps me locate things that I actually don't need to pay for when I can find alternative option instead e.g. walking to the train station instead of calling for a taxi.
A lot of friends of mine have overdrafts, which thankfully I never applied for because it is possible to live at Uni with your own money and not rely on your bank funding your splurges. If you do really struggle with money, there's companies such as Credit Card Insider who are aware of how expensive student finances can be. Finally, someone who understand our issues! They're an educational site which allows students such as myself to use them as a resource for when we're stuck about what to do when having very little money. What they have to offer is really something to check out :)

5. DON'T GET LAZY/KEEP ORGANISED.
As you guys know that organisation is probably like my number one love in life, well trust me at Uni it is a god-send to be organised! Just because you're a student doesn't mean you should continue to be lazy and have no motive to do anything. This will be your first and biggest mistake when moving away from home. If you've got an assignment due in tomorrow, yet it's student night at Uni... please pick wisely! I've spoken about Being Organised before, so there's no point repeating myself. If you tend to keep yourself busy, like myself, having a massive year planner really does help. I bought one off of eBay for around £2 last year and it's benefited me so much! I know how easy it is to sleep in and become quite lazy, but it honestly won't get you anywhere. Structure will be your best friend I promise you!

I'm definitely not a specialist on how to adult as I still have a lot to learn. I don't work a full 9-5 shift, pay bills or any of that important stuff but, when I do I know that I'll be ready for it when it comes. Take the time to invest in yourself and your future because you'll never know when it's coming (does that make sense?). I always thought that I'd become a full-fledged adult when I finish Uni but the truth is you have the adult capabilities in you when you live away from home for the first time. Anyways, enough talk Tomi I think I've got my point across. Hopefully these tips were useful and at least someone will take them on into their adult life!

"Being an Adult is mostly just googling how to do stuff!"


*In collaboration with Credit Card Insider.
100% written by myself, all thoughts and opinions are my own :)
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